Death, I think, is felt more deeply in a small town. In a small town, everyone plays a role, and when death takes someone, especially unexpectedly and too early, it leaves a void in the life of the community. Granville unexpectedly lost two souls last week, two who happened to be among our more visible citizens.
Diana Jones operated Misty View Farm outside of town. We have boarded our horses with Diana for several years. She employed our daughter Emma for a time, and taught Emma some valuable lessons about work and horses. On Saturday, December 14, Diana had a normal day. On Sunday morning, she woke up with what thought she had a bit of stomach flu. Twenty hours later, she was dead from a relatively rare virus. We will miss her always cheerful countenance, her good humor, and her endless energy.
Although she lived outside the village limits, Diana was one of Granville’s most visible citizens. Besides her boarding business, she was the sole proprietor of the Granville Carriage Company, providing carriage rides through Granville. On warm summer nights, the clip clop of her big white Pergeron, Toby, could be heard through the village streets, giving rides to kids, tourists, and romantics young and old. In the winter, it was the jingle bells on her carriages, gently muffled by the snow, that caught the ear. That is a sound and an image that will be missed in Granville, yet that void will, in a way, keep Diana’s memory close for many Granvillians.
Diana Jones and Granville Carriage Company, Wedding Duty
Also passing away on Monday the 16th was Teresa Peters, proprietor of “The Green Store,” a place for environmentally friendly goods of all kinds. Teresa was one of those exceptional talents that Granville is so lucky to have. I was always amazed by her energy and her life’s experience. A lawyer by training, she put in stints at the OECD in Paris, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, and in economic development in South Africa. She moved back to her native Granville and started the Green Store after being diagnosed with cancer. She fought the disease her way, and survived much longer than the doctors had predicted.
Every early death is a tragic loss, especially in a small town, but these two highly visible Granvillians will be missed more than most.